My first reaction to Rep. Pete Stauber's whining quote on the cover of the News Tribune’s Feb. 6 WeekendOpinion section was, “It’s more of the same.” (“Overheard: Police reform needs Democrats’ support").

As I read, what I heard was Stauber saying, "‘I’ could achieve great things if ‘they’ would stop opposing my efforts and, in the meantime, nothing happens for ‘us.’” Stauber seems surprised his pragmatism is not recognized and supported, even in light of his recent support for a suspension of reality. Marching lockstep with his political masters, he seems oblivious to what he needs to do to foster bipartisanship. It appears to me that trust is the foundation of bipartisanship.

Stauber needs to show himself capable of reasoned independent thought in order to establish trust, not only with Democrats but more importantly with his constituency. It is time for some deep self reflection: If you have dug a hole for yourself, stop digging.

James A. Holter


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